MX23RW : Sunday, December 16 20:26:43
Oct 2, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Griffin Park (Brentford, Middlesex)
Brentford
1-1
BirminghamBirmingham City
McEachran (42')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Morrison (26')
Kieftenbeld (66')

Garry Monk says red card for Blues midfielder was ‘completely wrong’

The BIrmingham manager could not believe the decision.

Boss Garry Monk believes Birmingham were the victims of an injustice as his 10 men scrapped for a hard-earned point at free-scoring Brentford.

The Blues chief was sent to the stands after reacting when Maikel Kieftenbeld saw red for what Monk insisted was little more than a “coming-together” with Neal Maupay in front of the dugouts at Griffin Park.

“It happened right in front of me and it was completely the wrong decision,” Monk said. “I thought the opposition player would be booked for feigning injury so to see a red card was a complete shock.

“After 23 years in football I know something when I see it, but I don’t want to talk about that because the main part is my players who showed unbelievable character against the second highest scorers in the league.”

Former Chelsea player Josh McEachran’s first senior goal cancelled out Birmingham defender Michael Morrison’s opener in a game where the visitors’ defence showed great resilience.

Monk said: “Brentford are a fantastic team but we more than matched them. We took control of the first half and took the lead and their goal came against the run of play. To come here and weather the first 15 minutes and then defend like we did with 10 men makes it a very good point for us.”

Monk says he will appeal the Kieftenbeld sending-off, awarded after the fourth official’s intervention, “because it was 100 per cent not a red card”.

“It was a coming-together that didn’t warrant the reaction it got, but the main part is what the players did before and after that,” Monk said.

Frustrated Brentford boss Dean Smith said his side lacked “that little bit of quality” and admitted: ”We probably didn’t do enough to score another goal.”

Smith defended striker Maupay’s part in the sending-off incident, adding: “I’ve looked at the monitor and the lad has raised his hand to him. Is it enough for him to go down? Only Neal Maupay knows that, but don’t blame our player because the fourth official saw what happened and he was two yards away.”

Brentford’s stuttering home form continued as Birmingham became the third team in a row to stifle Smith’s free-passing outfit.

The home boss said: “We’re possibly becoming victims of our own success because we can’t control the officials.

“It was a strange game. I’m not sure they came to give us a really good game of football. There were a lot of niggly fouls and delays and perhaps sometimes you have to credit the opposition who defended deep and were very forceful, so a draw was probably a fair result.”

Smith defended his decision to leave regular first-choice goalkeeper Daniel Bentley out of the starting 11, with Luke Daniels coming in, adding: “He was gutted but he accepted my decision. He has made a few mistakes over the last month and if outfield players make mistakes you change it.”


Click here for more stories about Dean Smith

Click here for more stories about Birmingham City

Share this article now:

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Premier League
Scottish Premiership
La Liga
Bundesliga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Belgian Pro League
Segunda Division
2.Bundesliga
Serie B
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Turkish Super Lig
International Friendlies
Australian A-League
Indian I-League
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds22136336181845
2Norwich CityNorwich22135440261444
3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom22116546311539
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2211473526937
5Derby CountyDerby2111463124737
6Middlesbrough229942416836
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest21810332221034
8Aston Villa228954334933
9Swansea CitySwansea229582724332
10Birmingham CityBirmingham2271053227531
11Stoke CityStoke2271052927231
12Blackburn RoversBlackburn2271052933-431
13Queens Park RangersQPR229492732-531
14Bristol City228682726130
15Preston North EndPreston227783537-228
16Wigan AthleticWigan2274112330-725
17Hull City2266102330-724
18Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2266102840-1224
19Brentford2257103334-122
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham2241082233-1122
21Reading2247112735-819
22Millwall2247112838-1019
23Bolton WanderersBolton2246121530-1518
24Ipswich TownIpswich2228121837-1914

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account